Plans submitted for new private student accommodation in Stirling

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Plans have been submitted to develop the site of a storage building into new student accommodation in Stirling town centre.

If successful, the development will house 16 students in total.

It is proposed that the existing storage building would be converted into 2 student flats able to accommodate 8 people – a flat of 5 and a flat of 3. Additionally, adjacent to the current building a new building will be erected in a very ‘similar style’ which will also house eight students.

The proposals are for the land to the south of 21 Dumbarton Road and is accessed through Crosbie’s Court.

There is existing student accommodation in the area with Carters Yard Student Accommodation across the road from the potential new site.

Cheryle Cowan, a neighbour who opposes the planning application, commented: “I note that there is no parking provision within the planning application of this multi occupancy development.

“I have concerns this will place significant pressure upon on street parking in the surrounding area where there is already a lack of capacity.

“The student accommodation recently built in Dumbarton Road has already had an impact upon parking availability with residents struggling to park despite having a resident parking permit.”

Additionally, Thomas Howells, another neighbour to the proposed project, said: “My primary concern is that there is a lot of green/trees/hedges in that area and the development of this student accommodation block could potentially damage/impact a lot of this.

“There are a lot of big trees that I wouldn’t want to see cut down from this, especially as there are a lot of student accommodation blocks in the area now.

“While the plans were not clear on the point, I would also suggest that there isn’t much green in that area, especially considering it’s a conservation area, so wouldn’t support another large building around this.”

Stirling Area Access Panel have also stated that they object the proposals. They said: “Our Panel do not support this new student residence as it fails to comply with the Equality Act, in failing to provide equality and inclusion in the design.”

The plans have been submitted by Crawford Holdings Ltd in collaboration with Falkirk based architectural firm Helix Architecture Studio.

In 2016, plans were previously approved with conditions to demolish the existing storage building and erect 6 student flats, which would have housed 23 students in total.

The planning application is still currently awaiting a decision.

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